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April 29, 2011 1:37 PM

Archer & Greiner Merger Creates New Jersey’s Fourth-Largest Law Firm

Posted by Brian Baxter

Archer & Greiner, a 170-lawyer mid-Atlantic firm based in Haddonfield, N.J., has agreed to merge with Herten, Burstein, Sheridan, Cevasco, Bottinelli, Litt & Harz in a deal that will create the fourth-largest law firm in New Jersey.

The New Jersey Law Journal, a sibling publication, has the full story on the combination with Herten Burstein, a 31-lawyer shop based in Hackensack, N.J. Founded in 1928, Archer & Greiner was already the largest firm in South Jersey and had acquired a presence in the Philadelphia market in December 2008 through a merger with 26-lawyer Pelino & Lentz.

The latest merger by Archer & Greiner is set to become effective on Monday. The NJLJ reports that the combined firm's gross revenues could reach $92 million, which would make it the sixth-most profitable firm in the state, behind Sills Cummis & Gross.

Archer & Greiner president Christopher Gibson told the NJLJ that his firm had been seeking a presence in North Jersey for some time. Herten Burstein, which also has a small satellite office in New York City, was founded in 1987 as a general practice firm. Archer & Greiner will benefit from Herten Burstein's expertise in toxic tort, consumer fraud, and pharmaceutical litigation, as well as strengthen its current corporate and labor and employment practice, Gibson told the NJLJ.

Neither Gibson nor Herten Burstein founding partner Thomas Herten, Jr., would provide the full details of the merger between both firms, but Herten did tell the NJLJ that all of his firm's equity partners, nonequity partners, and associates would maintain their current status at Archer & Greiner. About 28 support staff and paralegals from Herten Burstein will also join Archer & Greiner.

Legal consultancy Haley Stuart in Montvale, N.J., introduced the two firms to one another about a year ago and advised on their subsequent merger, the NJLJ reports. The two firms cited comparable billing structures and a mutual desire for a merger partner as being the impetus for the deal. Archer & Greiner's Gibson told the NJLJ that the firm's next growth opportunity would likely be in New York, but that it will remain committed to be a regional firm based in the Garden State.

New Jersey's largest law firm by attorney head count is McCarter & English, followed by McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvany & Carpenter and Lowenstein Sandler, according to the NJLJ.

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